Badrinath and Kedarnath
Badrinath and Kedarnath. Rishi Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata in a cave near Badrinath.
Badrinath is a holy place on the Himalayas. There, we have the temple of God Badari Narayana. It is at a height of over 10,000 ft. The temple contains the idols of the deity Badari Narayana and the Rishis Nara and Narayana.
In this cold place, there is a hot-water spring in front of the temple. It is called Tapta-kund. People bathe in it before entering the temple.
From very ancient times, people have gone on pilgrimage to this Kshetra. Formerly they used to go on foot. Now they travel most of the distance by bus. The rest they cover on foot or on ponies. Old people are carried by porters on chairs. Rishis Nara and Narayana are doing tapas here to bless the country.
Rishi Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata in a cave near Badrinath.
Did you know who took down the story of Mahabharata? Rishi Vyasa narrated the story.
God Ganesa wrote it down quickly with one of his tusks. A few miles away from Badrinath is Kedarnath. It is at a height of over 11,000 ft.
There, in Kedarnath is the temple of God Siva. The God is called Kedareshwara.
For half the year, these two places, Badrinath and Kedarnath, are covered with snow.
The temples are open only in summer.
Most people who go to Badrinath also go to Kedarnath. The journey up the hills is exciting.